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Version 8
September 2018
Parent or guardian responsibilities (PDF, 149 KB)

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The parent or guardian of an apprentice or trainee, who is under 18 years of age, is not a party to the training contract, however does have certain responsibilities in regards to the apprenticeship or traineeship, except where their involvement may be inappropriate for them to provide signed consent - for example, if the apprentice or trainee is living independently.

Responsibilities of the parent or guardian

Where applicable, one parent or guardian is required to be named on the training contract. The nominated parent or guardian will be able to access information regarding the training contract and will be provided with copies of various correspondence relating to the apprenticeship or traineeship until the apprentice or trainee turns 18. This will ensure that the parent or guardian is kept informed about various matters relating to the training contract and that they can provide their signed consent to various matters as they occur. It may also assist with the completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship. The parent or guardian's responsibilities are:

  • to sign the training contract within 14 days after the day the apprenticeship or traineeship starts

  • to sign the appropriate application, if the employer and apprentice or trainee agree—
    • to apply to amend the training contract
    • to temporarily transfer the training contract to a new employer for a period not exceeding one year
    • to suspend the training contract for a period not exceeding one year
    • to apply to cancel the training contract

  • if the employer and apprentice or trainee and a proposed new employer agree to permanently transfer the training contract to the new employer, sign the application

  • if the apprentice or trainee decides to withdraw their consent to suspend or cancel the training contract within seven days, sign the written notice advising their Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider or the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training of the withdrawal

  • if the employer, apprentice and trainee and training organisation agree to sign a completion agreement to initiate completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship, sign the completion agreement.

Further responsibilities that relate specifically to school-based apprenticeships and traineeships:

  • ensure the school's agreement to the school-based arrangement has been obtained

  • participate in the negotiation of, and agree to, a schedule of school studies, training and employment

  • if the student is suspended or expelled from school, or the school withdraws their support to the school-based arrangement, contact the AASN provider or the department immediately to discuss continuation of the apprenticeship or traineeship

  • if the student changes schools, the support of the new school must be gained before the school-based arrangement can continue

  • if the school-based apprenticeship or traineeship is in the electrotechnology industry, ensure the required criteria has been met, as outlined on the Queensland Training Information Service (QTIS) website.

It is important to note that the AASN provider and the department may only provide the parent or guardian listed on the training contract, with any information contained in the training contract; however the apprentice or trainee may formally request their AASN provider or the department, in writing, to release information about the training contract to a third party.

The ATF-008 Authority to release information to a third party form is used for this purpose.

Parent or guardian is the employer

An employer, who is also the parent or legal guardian of the apprentice or trainee, may sign the training contract as both the employer and parent or guardian.


The parent or guardian's involvement in processes related to the training contract cease when the apprentice or trainee turns 18 years of age. To continue to access information contained in the training contract, the apprentice or trainee would need to add the parent or guardian as a third party to the training contract.

For further information

Phone Apprenticeships Info on 1800 210 210.

Last updated 16 November 2018

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